Norah Jones turns rock diva
The jazzy folk singer surprises fans by hiring indie-rock producer Jacquire King to shape her fourth album
would be desired for the situation, from my impression of her,” said King.
That “impression” is likely the same shared by the masses, who are best familiar with Jones from her Grammy-winning, 10-time platinum debut CD, Come Away with Me, where the ingenue sang folky, jazz-tinged tunes more in line with the easy-listening format.
But over the years, Jones has collaborated with rappers, sung with country legends, performed in an all-girl rock band and even produced a country album.
So it wasn’t out of character for her to call on King to help her achieve her biggest sonic shift on her fourth studio CD, The Fall. On it, she ditches piano chords for gritty guitar riffs and delivers a darker, groove-based sound that King describes as “edgy” – a term not normally associated with the typically placid Jones style.
“It’s just honest music, and I think with a different approach that may be in some ways more accessible to fans that weren’t necessarily drawn in by the jazzier flavour,” says King. “It’s a bit more rocking.”
And that’s exactly the kind of shake-up Jones was looking to accomplish with her songs.
“I did some demos and they came out really well, but some of them sort of begged to go in a different direction,” says the 30-year-old as she sits over tea at a cafe on New York’s Lower East Side.
“I realised, I think, what I want to do is work with some different sounds,” she explained. “I figured that the best way to do that was to try and step outside of my comfort zone a little bit, and work with some different musicians and a different producer. It just felt like a good time to do that.” – Sapa-AP